February is National Heart Month.

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Personalized, live, online cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is now available without leaving your home. Let our cardiopulmonary physical therapist help you increase your energy and quality of life and take control of your breathing. Contact us today. www.RehabSmarter.com/contact/ #heart #lungs #heartdisease #rehab #rehabsmarter #cardiacrehab #telehealth #virtualtherapy

Is Telehealth Safe and Private?

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Although some people are leary of the internet, digital service aka telehealth is here and growing. It is very safe and in many cases, very appropriate (more on that later). But how do you tell?   Providers asking for sensitive information and/or payment over the internet should always have a “padlock” icon in the address bar of these pages. They pay extra to ensure that their site in a web…

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Don’t Forget To Recharge

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Holidays can be fun but stressful and exhausting. So: – Be sure to take it easy the day before and after the event. And give yourself plenty of time to get ready and arrive. – Consider taking a small time out during the event to be alone and recharge. It’s okay to excuse yourself for 15-20 minutes. – Don’t discount the energy it takes to socialize. It can be more…

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What do COPD, Chronic Asthma, Incontinence & Sexual Dysfunction have in common?

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What do COPD, Chronic Asthma and Incontinence and Sexual Dysfunction have in common? Although rarely discussed, many clients with COPD or Severe Asthma suffer with incontinence and/or sexual dysfunction. Excessive. chronic coughing places repeated downward pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, important for bowel, bladder and sexual function. This stretches and weakens these muscles rendering them less effective in doing their jobs. The good news is these muscles can be…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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If you have lung problems, cold can trigger wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and for some an asthma attack.  Possibly an exacerbation.   So if you need to go out:   1. Wash your hands often to minimize the spread of germs. 2. Use a scarf to cover your mouth and nose to warm the air. 3. Dress warmly. Stay dry. Your mother was right, it’s not a myth after…

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Hoover vacuum cleaner and asthma

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Did you know…? Hoover Vacuum Cleaner was created by James Murray Spangler, a department store janitor who had asthma. He devised a portable electric vacuum cleaner to reduce the dusty work of sweeping the carpet that was causing his asthma to flare up and make him cough. After showing the invention to his cousin Susan Hoover who tried it and like it, she convinced her husband, William Hoover to buy…

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Technology Brings Back Ability and Smiles to The Disabled

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Technology allows for inclusion and smiles. #betterliving #technology #inclusion #disabled #liveyourbestlife   https://news.microsoft.com/features/the-power-of-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/?ocid=lockAI4I

Poor Person’s Guide To Respiratory Muscle Training (your breathing muscles)

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Pinwheels and books make great inspiratory muscle training devices. Get or make a pinwheel (https://tinyurl.com/odb9s). Sitting slightly reclined with pinwheel in front of you, breath in your nose and blow out with pursed lips, seeing how far and long you can spin it. Repeat 10 times, resting or stopping as needed. Work up to doing once an hour. Monitor your oxygen levels and breathing. STOP/rest if oxygen goes below 90%…

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Oxygen Safety Tips

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Oxygen is flammable. Keep sources including concentrator at least 10 ft away from open flames, sparks (cigarettes, electric razors) & 5 ft away from high heat sources. Use only water-soluble products, not petroleum- or oil-based. Have your local utility & fire department put you on their emergency priority list. Post a “No Smoking, Oxygen in Use” sign on your door. Despite concentrators, have back up oxygen tanks. Store all but…

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